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LIRR Officials Give Updates on Local Train Stations

Nassau County Legis., Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, presents forum for Babylon branch commuters at Wantagh Public Library,

Local Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuters aired their concerns regarding the conditions of local Babylon branch train stations during a forum held Monday night at the Wantagh Public Library.

The forum, which was presented by Nassau County Legis., Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, addressed issues related to the LIRR stations in Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick and Freeport. Some of the issues raised by the more than a dozen people who attended the forum included:

  • Wantagh station escalator often being out of service
  • General maintenance at Seaford station
  • The need for more parking at Merrick station
  • Escalator that had been out of service at Bellmore station before being repaired in early November.

Addressing concerns at Monday’s meeting were LIRR officials Patrick C. Gerakaris, a branch line manager for the South Nassau District, and Robert Brennan, director of government and community relations. Both Gerakaris and Brennan are Wantagh residents.

Brennan said the Wantagh station gets the most complaints on the Babylon branch in terms of its platform conditions and he is hopeful that state funding can soon address this, but is unsure of a timeable.

“We don’t have a capital program as we speak,” Brennan said.

The Wantagh station along with Bellmore and Merrick are in the top 10 in terms of ridership on the LIRR, according to Brennan.

In response to questions about the cleanliness of train station bathrooms, Gerakaris said he has a cleaner for the Wantagh, Merrick and Bellmore stations who does cleanings twice a day of all restroom facilities.

When the issue of safety was brought up, Brennan said MTA police have increased patrols at all Babylon branch stations during the past two months. Brennan said only a small percentage of LIRR stations have closed circuit televisions to monitor safety and Wantagh, Seaford, Merrick and Bellmore were not amongst them.

Merrick7 February 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Btw very intelligent well-written article by the author clearly addressing the main issues the article is questioning
Merrick7 February 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
so can we have a capital program included for the top ten station ridership among the LIRR to improve the Wantagh station, and have more NCPD support nearby without interfereing with jurisdiction of the MTA police, also the cleaner needs to step it up if we are not seeing results or another part-time employee should be hired to avoid overtime and benefits costs. Also we clearly with all the incidents should have video camera coverage, not just elitist North Shore Main Line and Port Line branches. We make just as much money in many cases and obviously contribute to more ridership, customer service is required here
Frank February 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Noting the huge brawl on the RVC LIRR platform last year, I say cameras and a greater police presence (9pm - 5am) is warranted. BTW No one mentioned the homeless issues at the stations.
Dawn Davis February 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am handicap I would like to see the Wantagh Station more handicap accessible. I know there are other stations that have elevators. It should also be cleaned up. There are newspaper machines that haven't been used in so look they have become an eye sore.
Lorraine Elshiekh April 04, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Please work on the homeless issue and making the station updated and handicap accessible

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